Centre Half problems and Copa Libertadores

Sokratis, Holding, Koscielny, Mustafi, Mavropostolopuslos, Chambers. Who would have thought that we would struggle to find a CB by Xmas?

We have only one available CB for our next PL game at Southampton, Koscielny who hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since the Europa semi-final back in the first week of May. Much will be expected of our Club Captain.

It is strange how we get a slew of injuries in one position. It used to be full back and left back in particular – can you remember Flamini doing so well there?

So what is the solution – do we sign a CB or two in January, do we rely upon our youth players? Do we utilise the dazzling centre half skills of Elneny, Lichtsteiner or Nacho?

We have a couple of fine youth players coming through in Zech Medley and Julio Pleguezuelo. The latter (can’t be arsed to write his name again) came from the Barca academy and has already played for the first team in the Carabao (Blackpool), he is highly rated.

Medley got some minutes at Vorksla, he is only 18 y.o and is 6’5″. Apparently an excellent prospect.

I expect Mr Emery will play Nacho and the Swiss fella at St Mary’s.

Did anyone watch the Copa Libertadores? It was great entertainment, everything one expects from a game between two Argentinian teams. Diving, fake injuries, shit-housery, allied to superb skill, pace, and energy. Both teams would do very well in the PL. The fans were superb and for once the Bernabaeu was rocking.

written by BR


9 Responses to Centre Half problems and Copa Libertadores

  1. LB says:

    Good Monday morning read BR, thanks for taking the time.

    I am looking forward to Thursday, we really will get a chance to see a completely unpressured yoof strut their stuff.

  2. You are good at inventing new Greek names. The man’s name is Mavropanos fgs.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Yiannis. Please excuse me. I am burdened by a British sense of spelling

  4. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s all Greek to me.

  5. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.
    Interesting read.

    I always assumed after seeing Terry ‘s comments that Greek chaps had a sense of humour, warped maybe, but a sense of humour nonetheless.
    Seems I was wrong.

  6. oz gunner says:

    Definitely in a bit of a pickle. I get why a recall clause wasn’t included in the Chambers loan – after all it seems like we have 50 CB’s on the books. Give Mavropanos a go with Monreal. Not ideal but we have to make do. Elneny is a good shout and he could do what Song was good at. Sokratis will be back. Koscielny will be back in the mix soon.

    If anything we should probably splash the cash for a LB so that we have something for the future and so that Monreal can be used as a CB if needed.

  7. chas says:

    Mavro is injured, not even training

  8. chas says:

    NEW POST (Sorry)

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